Male or female, black or white, young or old -- I can be any and all of these in my writing, so does it really matter which I am in the real world? (Although, I have to admit, the photo does give you a clue.)
I'm a shy retiring type who would rather you were curious about my fiction than the person who's written it. Also, I don't think that tick-box personal details stuff can really describe a person; it's much more of an interactive business to my mind. But sometimes publishers ask for a biography, and I comply, so there's bits of me in various forms floating around cyberspace, and the blog is gradually exposing my exhibitionist side.
What I write
I write accessible literary fiction, and that's what I like to read. Other than that, it feels rather awkward trying to categorise myself as a writer, so I'll take the easy option and kick off by defining what I'm not.
I don't write crime, although there are a couple of murders within my fiction. I don't do fantasy, although I'd love to introduce you to the young woman whose neck has grown as long as her arm. I don't do historical fiction, except in the sense that many of my characters are haunted by events from their pasts. I don't write for children, although I'll sometimes find a child or an adolescent is best placed to narrate the tale. I don't consider myself a writer of romance, yet finding love and losing love and keeping love going against the odds features strongly in my writing. There's sex -- but never porn -- cropping up in the way that the narrative might require someone to cook a meal or take a shower, although mostly my characters will have the grace to get on with that part of their lives when I'm looking the other way. There's risk-taking too, but never in the sense that would merit the term adventure. Mostly there's a ragbag collection of flawed individuals facing up to life's conflicts and contradictions as best they can. (Even the murderers -- perhaps especially the murderers!)
I invite you to come along and meet them and, if you spot any patterns, tell me what you think.
How I write
Computer or paper? Pencil or pen? These are the big questions the big writers get asked, and I've got my answer ready, although I don't know why anyone should care.